Lawless in Missouri

When Charla Nash in 2012 sought the right to sue Connecticut for the damages she suffered when Travis the chimpanzee attacked her, Peter Laufer looked back at the research he conducted for his book Forbidden Creatures.  In 2009 he traveled to Festus, Missouri, and met with the woman who bred Travis, querying her about her business ethics — or lack thereof.  Based on that interview, Laufer wrote an op-ed for the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and another for the Hartford Courant questioning both Missouri laws and the business of breeding “wild” animals.

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